Nic Pizzolatto gave an interview to the radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge and dropped some long-awaited details about the second season of HBO's uncommonly good True Detective. Shaking up the format some from the first season, we now have three leads instead of two to fantasy cast with goofy pics on Twitter.
Right now, we’re working with three leads. It takes place in California — not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser known venues of California — and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one...The characters are all new, but I’m deeply in love with each of them. We’ve got the entire series broken out with a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months.
Ahh yes, a "certain psychosphere ambiance" that viewers can misinterpret as clues to a Cthulhuian monstrosity beyond all scope of reality.
The fact that they haven't started casting in earnest yet leads me to believe that all previous rumors, including that of Jessica Chastain (who would have been amazing) are bunk. We can start making predictions all we like, but I have a feeling most casting conjecture is going to be off-base.
I hope one of the leads is a woman - I feel pretty sure one (and only one) will be. I've never agreed with the oft-spouted idea that True Detective has a "woman problem" - for one thing, I've always believed Maggie showed far more reason and agency than many of those think pieces credited her, in large part due to a powerful performance by Michelle Monaghan - but I would like to see a woman working in one of the lead roles for the second season. As for who I'd like that to be, I leave to the experts.